My mom sends me the same text every year as I’m getting on the plane to fly home for the holidays: “Is there anything you want from the grocery store?”
This innocuous text meant something very different in 2008, when I was 50 pounds heavier and used the opportunity to add my favorite treats to our family shopping list. Now, as I follow a strict Paleo diet, it’s an unwelcome reminder that I’ll be far from a Whole Foods or anything like it for 10 days, in a town in rural Pennsylvania, where cold temperatures and blizzards make going to the store impossible.
But it doesn’t have to be a setback. I like to think of being home for the holidays as a great time to get healthy and practice good habits, since “no time to work out” and “too stressed to eat well” aren’t quite valid excuses during a holiday break.